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Bishop's Barrel 5 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%


Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: VernonBaxter on 11-04-2013)
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Beerzebub

California

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coffee colored; minimal beige head.

Smells like dark bready malt and whiskey barrel; has some savory nuttiness along with sweet malty and barrel notes - coconut, spice, vanilla - all meshing very well and smelling quite delicious, especially as it warms in the glass.

Tastes good, just as it smells; dark bready malt, nuttiness, and bourbon barrel flavors mesh nicely. Medium level of sweetness, well balanced, and eventually ending dry and a bit woody; good length. Tasty.

Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 06:35:18 | More by Beerzebub
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives tan-capped with the liquid underneath a root beer brown; strands and dots of lacing are left behind

Smell: Dark fruit and Bourbon with hints of brown bread and molasses

Taste: Brown bread and molasses, up front, with dark fruit (fig and date) flavors building in the middle; after the swallow, the Wild Turkey builds and brings sweet licorice and vanilla elements; boozy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: A really excellent beer; I would like to see some peat flavor come through as well, but every other aspect of the beer was quite enticing

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2014 22:30:21 | More by brentk56
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alanamato

Texas

4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Worth every penny, I was surprised to see a local gourmet burger joint carrying this and promptly ordered one. My only regret is that I had but one beer to drink there. Have not had it back since. Saint Arnold's really hit a sweet spot with this one and I'm looking forward to a day when this is a regular offering in the grocery.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 03:17:14 | More by alanamato
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a finger or more of tan head that fades away. Color is a deep caramel hued copper brown.

Flavor profile: caramel and toffee up front. A lot of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Some fig, molasses, and cinnamon. A lot of malts. Very smooth and rounded out.

Mouthfeel: warming, smooth, creamy. Medium to full bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a really nice beer. Easy drinking with a lot if flavor. I could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 02:28:01 | More by mothman
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Paul5211

Texas

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I had one beer to drink for the rest of my life, forsaking all others, it would be this one. Dark, rich, flavorful, oaky, chocolatey, strong... It has almost everything my taste buds desire in a beer. Not as thick and rich as a stout, yet still dark and full. I'm a huge Wee Heavy fan and Saint Arnold didn't disappoint in delivering one here. Yet they added a fuller, richer taste by adding cocoa nibs and aging the brew in bourbon barrels, which adds a sweetness and oaky flavor that really caps off a near-perfect beer. My one HUGE complaint about this beer is that it's a one-off. One small batch and done. That contributed to the hefty price tag as well, ($13 for a 12 oz bottle!) but I got to have a few on my birthday in November and it's the present I'll likely remember most! I will miss this beer, though Founder's made one very similar (again, a limited small-batch) so I can at least prolong the experience just a bit longer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 19:36:52 | More by Paul5211
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out very dark brown with a tiny white head with little retention. Smell is definitely of dark fruits, brown sugar, slightly chocolatey, a decent amount of booze. Smells really nice. Almost smells like BCBS if I had to pick a beer that smelled similar (different styles but ...). Taste is much like the nose as you can definitely taste everything mentioned before but the booze seems a little more subdued than in the nose. This is an incredibly great tasting beer as far as my taste goes and since I've been reviewing I have never given a beer a 5 but this is close. Mouthfeel is medium thick and great for the style. I just can't get over how much I love this beer. Get one if you can cause they just don't get this good that often -- at least as far as my taste goes. I sure hope this is actually brewed again because this is a world class beer. I got this beer for showing an out of town BA around to the local stores. I feel really rewarded. I assume this beer is fairly new although it is barrel aged. I can't even imagine how good this beer would be with more time. That being said I don't know how much more I could expect from a beer. Keep your eyes out for these guys!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 08:23:19 | More by NeedBeerHere
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 5 has a thin, cream-colored head, an opaque, brown appearance, with little beige chunks suspended throughout, and some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of rich, very sweet, brown bread crust, strong bourbon, some vanilla, coconut, and alcohol. Taste is of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, brown bread crust, lots of alcohol, dark-roasted malts, and a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and not cloying, and Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 5 finishes semi-dry, surprisingly mellow, and rich. Overall, this is very well done and more drinkable than one would expect for such a high-alcohol beer. It is really delicious!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 23:15:12 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Ranz

Texas

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Heavy sediment floats in the dark, brown liquid inside my chaliced wine glass. A thin head came up on the top, which dissipated quickly.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate nibs, dried oak.

T: A woodsy character is the first piece, followed by a rounded vanilla flavor. The bourbon and chocolate are rather prominent, too, and the finish is sweet and playful.

M: A slight prickly carbonation helps the full-bodied notes. It sips well, and obviously gets better with warmth.

O: Backwoods Bastard is my standard for BBB Wee Heavy, but this is a very solid attempt by my fellow Texans. Their Bishop's Series continues to do good work.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 01:33:30 | More by Ranz
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Saint Arnold Patron Saint of Brewers pint glass.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Settles pretty quickly. Very slight lacing mostly retreats back into the body of the brew quite hastily. Head completely vanishes eventually.

S: Roasty malt. Black licorice is prominent. Unsweetened dark chocolate, and a little molasses.

T: Toasted malt grains. Raisin is prominent. Pungent peat. Bitter unsweetened dark chocolate.

M: Thick, hearty, and syrupy. Kind of an unusual cloying sweetness in the end. Dry finish. High alcohol is apparent.

D: Sip and savor. The fullness will dictate it.

Atmosphere is really nice. Dark and intimidating. Light bubbly head which disappears completely leaving no trace of its prior existence. Very minute lacing. Malt is roasty with with licorice, chocolate, and molasses components. Toasty malt, very sweet raisin, pungent peat and bitter chocolate for balance. Thick and full. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 03:21:59 | More by bmwats
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a dark mahogany color with very little head, what is there sticks to the side quite well.

Nose is sweet molasses, plums and currants. Malt is probably more unsweetened chocolate than anything else...prett faint. The barrel character is light but noticeable.

Taste is earthy and creamy with a fair amount of booze. The chocolate malts is a unique approach to a wee heavy. Mouthfeel is medium, I dont think its too thin as I have seen some others mention. The Bishop's Barrel series have all had such a nice smoothness to them that is really cool, this one is no exception. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:42:03 | More by twiggamortis420
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Sambeaux713

Texas

4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer seemed easier to get than the other BB releases. Smell was great as the Wild Turkey came through easily. Taste was very boozy, but I think it will calm down a little as the beer mellows with age. Mouth felt warm with spicy bourbon fire breath , but overall this is another fantastic release in the BB series from SA.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 21:10:46 | More by Sambeaux713
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champ103

Texas

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges. A bubbly beige head noisely forms. Then recedes in a second. Little lace is left behind.
S: Just an awesome nose. Toasted and caramel malts up front. As this warms big barrel aromas come out. Oak and vanilla are very welcome. All with a chocolate finish.
T: Like the nose, the malts of the base beer are up front. Toasted and baked bread like. A caramel sweetness. Maybe a bit of smoke peaking through. Again, as this warms all the barrel flavors come out. Oak, vanilla, and that great lingering chocolate flavor.
M/D: A full body moderate carbonation. Smooth and velvety. A bit of heat though overall, so easy and enjoyable to drink. Everything is so well integrated considering the alcohol and barrel. A treat to drink.

Another excellent offering from Saint Arnold this year. My biggest complaint from previous BB releases have been the thin mouthfeel. Knowing how good DR 4 was to begin with, that was not a concern here. A great all around offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:37:05 | More by champ103
Bishop's Barrel 5 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.